Crash Written by Jerry Spinelli Crash Coogan is a seventh grade "jock" who enjoys teasing his skinny Quaker neighbor. When one day Coogan's grandfather has a stroke and becomes severely disabled, Crash no longer sees the fun in playing brutal pranks and quickly learns about what is important in life. [Grade Level: 5 & Up]
Drita, My Homegirl Written by Jenny Lombard Drita and her family come to New York as refugees from war-torn Kosovo. Even though she barely speaks English, Drita can’t wait to start school and make a new best friend. But her new classmates don’t make it easy, teasing her about virtually everything. The worst is Maxie, a tough African-American girl whose sassy attitude hides a painful secret. When Maxie takes things too far, their teacher assigns Maxie a paper on Drita and her journey to America from Kosovo. Suddenly, Maxie realizes she and Drita have more in common than she thought. And when Drita’s mother gets sick, there’s only one person who can help—Drita’s new homegirl. [Grade Level: 3 - 5]
Facing Down the Tough Stuff Written by Jacqueline L. Harris Young authors with learning disabilities, serious illness, blended families and friendship struggles share their stories. The end of the book includes teaching ideas and discussion questions.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]